Spare Rib

Mum’s army

‘From roughly 2015 onwards, the Mumsnet feminist forum became a key platform for gender critical discussion—or, as one less sympathetic American magazine dubbed it, “the ground zero for British transphobia”’

Don’t dismiss incels

The “incel” subjects of TFW No GF are not actually especially unattractive or unintelligent—what they lack above all is charm and an ability to motivate themselves”

The rise of “choking”

‘When the musician Andy Anokye was accused of assaulting a number of women—committing acts that included strangling them, waterboarding them, and holding a gun to one woman’s head—he offered a simple explanation for his behaviour: it turned him on’

Adult entertainment? Why the normalisation of extreme porn needs to be stopped

‘It seems that there has been no real appetite on the part of police and CPS to pursue prosecutions for rape pornography. Meanwhile, there has been an explosion in the availability of online pornography, and a mainstreaming of forms of violent sex that were once confined to a niche’

How will Covid-19 affect violence against women and girls?

‘Violence against women and girls—or, at least, a certain category of it—has been attracting more media attention than it usually does. An increase in domestic violence, including murder, is widely expected to be one of the terrible consequences of the coronavirus lockdown’

Women prisoners have enough problems. Self-ID will worsen them

‘Even a small number of prisoners transitioning to the female estate makes a big difference. And numbers are already mushrooming’

Defining women

‘The wording of anti-trans hate-crime guidance is so vague, and so reliant on subjective interpretation, that it could be open to misuse by politically-motivated actors’

Blackface is evil — why isn’t drag?

‘Why is it unacceptable for white people to dress up as black, but harmless fun when men dress up as women?’

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"